Band of Builders teamed up with Simon's Heroes & On the Tools to help Rocklands Special School

Band of Builders is proud to have been a part of a brand new sensory garden for children at a special school in Lichfield.



More than 100 builders from across the country got involved in the project, organised by children’s charity Simon’s Heroes, to build the garden to give the children a safe space to play and learn.


Mark Bennett, a tiler by trade, is the founder of Simon's Heroes; he approached Band of Builders for help when the scale of the installation at Rocklands became clear. Over the course of two weeks, more than 100 tradesmen and volunteers took part in the project, from landscaping the garden to fitting specialist equipment and laying artificial grass to create a state-of-the-art sensory garden, worth £65,000, for the school, which caters for 110 pupils aged 2-11 years suffering from learning difficulties and disabilities.

Local businesses lent their support, delivering cakes and fish and chips to volunteers on the site, while the project also received the backing of singer Tony Christie, who lives nearby and whose niece attended Rocklands, who visited several times to cheer on the guys.

Sandra Swift, headteacher at the Rocklands, said: “We’ve been utterly overwhelmed by what’s happened here. For complete strangers to come in and do this for us and for the children means the world to us.

“We had raised about £9,000 towards a sensory garden, but there is no way we could have achieved what these guys have achieved."

“This won’t just benefit the children who are at Rocklands now, but those who come for years in the future. It’s a real legacy and just goes to show what kindness there is in the world. We can’t thank the volunteers enough.”

Addam Smith, from Band of Builders, said: “When Simon’s Heroes asked us if we could supply a few people to help with his project, we jumped at the chance.”


“It was a tough two weeks, with all the ups and downs that come with a project of this size, but to see the faces of the children who now have a safe space to play makes it all worthwhile. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be involved.”




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